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Reps summons CAC boss over alleged illegal budget approval

The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives has summoned the Registrar General of the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, Alhaji Garba Abubakar over allegations of illegal approval of budgets and extra-Constitutional expeditures over the years

The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Oluwole Oke issued the summon at the beginning of the investigations of over 100 Ministries, Departments and Agencies MDAs of the government alleged by the Auditor General of the Federation to be Operating illegal budgets and extra- Constitutinal expeditures over the years.

The Committee accused the heads of the MDAs of undermining the Constitutinal power of the President by getting their budgets approved through the back doors.

Mr Oke wondered why the heads of the MDAs would take pleasures in getting allocations from public funds but would not want to give proper accounts of how they utilised such allocations

The CAC boss is being expected to appear before the Committee with the copies of the budgetary estimates the Commission presented to the President through the Budget Office of the Federation with respect to the 2015 to 2022 fiscal year

” Come along with copies of the budget estimates that was presented to Mr President which in turn was presented to the National Assembly
and Confirmation on whether the Constitutionally laid down process was complied with prior to expenditures from the Internally Generated Revenue by the Commission with documentary evidence.
Approved Budget (both Appropiation and IGR 2021 and 2022) amogst others. “

The Committee also grilled the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof Tanko Ishaya over similar issues and gave him more time to come back with necessary documents to defend his presentation.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; editing by Abdullahi Lamino